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Radtke To Issa: WTF, IRS?

Posted on | February 21, 2012 | 11 Comments

by Smitty

To summarize Radtke, “Why The Flagellation?“:

U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke has asked the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to launch a formal investigation into abusive actions by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) toward Tea Party and Patriot organizations.
On Friday, Radtke sent a letter to Congressman Darrell Issa describing IRS actions toward conservative organizations currently seeking IRS non-profit status as “an assault by the Internal Revenue Service on Tea Party and Patriot groups.” As an example, Radtke mentioned the plight of Richmond Tea Party, which applied for 501(c)(4) non-profit status more than two years ago. After waiting two and a half years for approval, the IRS recently communicated a new set of overly-burdensome and invasive demands for information that exceed the scope of the IRS code.
Radtke told Issa she is familiar with other groups that are having similar experiences with the IRS. Radtke wrote, “There is a pattern of IRS activity toward Tea Party and Patriot organizations that includes unwarranted delays and overly burdensome information requests that divert the energy and resources of those groups from their missions. This behavior chills the exercise of free speech and free association by the groups’ members and supporters.”

Jamie is a true Tea Party warrior. While still carrying a great deal of respect for George Allen, I can’t say that George has connected with the conservative base as well as Jamie.

I have heard Radtke speak, and her command of the detail on the issues is enough to send wee Timmy Kane running to hide behind momma. Truly an impressive lady, Jamie Radtke. About the only question I have is whether Issa should take time away from Fast & Furious to go after the IRS.

Jamie Radtke for Senate


11 Responses to “Radtke To Issa: WTF, IRS?”

  1. Dave C
    February 21st, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    In other news, Media Matters for America is still considered by the IRS as a non-partisan group.

  2. Jack Woodward
    February 21st, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    Smitty, my take is that Fast & Furious is simmering nicely, to be served up during the general campaign.  If the IRS is throwing a monkey wrench into Tea Party activities, it could cost us in November.

  3. higgins1990
    February 21st, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    Fast and Furious.  ObamaCare before the Supreme Court. $5 gas.  Chickens.  Roost.   Home. 

  4. Adjoran
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    We need to insist on an IG report comparing the process dealing with the Tea Party and other conservative groups to that used with liberal groups.  If there is a difference – and I strongly suspect there is because there are tons of borderline groups like Media Matters with non-profit status and you just don’t hear of liberal groups being jerked around this way – heads should roll at IRS.

  5. Wombat_socho
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 3:55 am

    Uh-uh. Don’t get mad, get even – and remember that the new SecTreas can bring down the hammer on whatever idiots in the Service were dumb enough to go along with this. Prosecutions and sanctions for EVERYONE!

  6. Wombat_socho
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 3:55 am

     Mmmm, tasty chickens. 😀

  7. Wombat_socho
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 3:56 am

    This. So much this. The Internal Revenue Code is not a collection of suggestions with a lot of options, and people who act like it is (in or out of the IRS) need to be jailed.

  8. ThePaganTemple
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    This is awful. I’m going to watch Brian Williams tonight and see what he has to say about this wanton, flagrant abuse by the IRS.

  9. Bob Belvedere
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:34 am

     God, I hope you’re right about F&F.  Trouble is: Issa and Grassely don’t inspire much confidence in me.

  10. Bob Belvedere
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:37 am

     You’re right, Adj, but do you think Boehner and his minions and McConnell and his summon the testicular fortitude to do it?

  11. Bob Belvedere
    February 22nd, 2012 @ 7:37 am

     We’ll see you next then, TPT, when the cows come home.